November 24, 2012 Subject:
the dead done sex pistols' style!!!
I've been a deadhead since the early days in the sixties well kind of anyway I've been away and went into the punk thing because the dead sold out to truckin' and lost their cool and sounded more like the byrds poco flying burrito brothers eagles and the rest of the shit that came out in the later years and found flipper dead kennedys black flag circle jerks crass and a whole new world that brought early elvis of the 50s into the 70s that changed the 60s into disco.
How does any sane moral man handle something like that but to find something new?
Even in San Francisco cool was still cool now!
But that was then and this is now. The last time I saw the dead was in Red Rocks in 1979 and I thought yeah this is it other than drums and space and a few other moments in the sun the dead weren't the dead anymore and it was time to move on. Then punk became it's own commodity just like the 60s and the shit started all over again.
When Jerry died I felt sad just like when Janis Jimi Jim Morrison and Pigpen died.
I've kind of rediscovered the dead over the years like when Touch of Grey came out Standing on the Moon Muddy River. They still had their moments. But they'd never be the same band again like they were in the 60s and maybe none of us would ever be the same like we were back in the 60s. We all got older and grew up. Maybe that's why I like punk to begin with. It made me feel young again even though I was a decade older than all the kids at the time.
This recording is pretty good. Not great. But pretty good. It shows what the dead could have sounded like if they went into punk into of shakedown street and some second-rate rock band with songs like alabama getaway.
For those of you out there who might listen to this and are deadheads or punks give a listen to Cream Puff War from 11-19-66 at the Fillmore in San Francisco that's how Cream Puff should sound. Yeah, beefed up like Punk Is Dead sounds cool, but it will never take the place of the original one, and I don't think the guys who performed it in this band intend it to. They were just having fun like the dead were in the beginning. And that's what it's all about! Thanks for the magic, guys!